ausila (ausila) wrote in linguaphiles,

I know this is a heated topic, but after studying Esperanto and Lojban, and reading essays such as this, I am interested in experimenting with my own conIAL. I'm in the process of revising an old project, and perhaps the greatest topic of consternation for me is the phonology. In my old project, called hatar, I included the following available consonants:






Voiceless Plosives





Voiced Plosives





Voiceless Fricatives


th* / s / sh*



Voiced Fricatives


dh* / z / zh*





n /  r / l



*These digraphs represent their assumable IPA counterparts. I am going to elect the original IPA characters in my orthography, as they accurately represent the sounds. Sorry XSAMPA, you make me sad.

I know that many of you will have a problem with the inclusion of some of these sounds. I think I might include /x/, /gh/, /j/ and /w/ too, though i will probably remove /?/. I have a few reasons for my elections. First, I think that it is important in an IAL to have a symmetrical phonology. I've always had qualms with Lojban's inclusion of [sh] and [zh] through /c/ and /j/, while quite asymmetrically excluding the other side of the coronals (i.e. [th] and [dh].

My other reason for my copious phonetic inventory is that I think that a good conIAL should facilitate acquisition of other natural languages with broader phonologies. Japanese is an example of the problem I am trying to tackle. Because of its limited amount of sounds and syllable possibilities, the Japanese have a notoriously difficult time learning the pronunciation of other languages. There have also been tests, so I've read, that show that those that learn Esperanto before learning other European languages have an easier time with said natlangs than those that never learn Esperanto. This I think is owed to Esperanto being so reliable that it can act as a model on which speakers can base more complex rules of natural language. Thus if we have a simple phonology that is widely but symmetrically branching into the major languages of the world (English and Arabic both have [th] and [dh]), then it would help as an instrument to be more accustomed to all the world's phonetics. How I will apply this to the grammar is another matter that I might bring up again.

I should add that I am also interested in making a conAIL has a certain aesthetic, and that it will be a priori in origin.

The aim of my project is for a language not only to be a medium between all people, but a tool to encourage people to appreciate art and education.
But hey, I'm self taught. What's everyones opinion.

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